Julius Caesar (Paperback)

A Critical Reader (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides)

By Andrew James Hartley (Editor), Andrew Hiscock (Editor), Lisa Hopkins (Editor)

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 9781474220385, 296pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2016



This volume offers a practical, accessible and thought-provoking guide to this Roman tragedy, surveying its major themes and critical reception. It also provides a detailed and up-to-date history of the play's performance, beginning with its earliest known staging in 1599, including an analysis of the 2013 film Caesar Must Die starring Italian inmates, and an assessment of why the play is now coming back into vogue on stage. Moving through to four new critical essays, it opens up cutting-edge perspectives on the work, and finishes with a guide to pedagogical approaches by the experienced teacher and leading academic Jeremy Lopez.

Detailing web-based and production-related resources, and including an annotated bibliography of critical works, the guide will equip teachers and facilitate students' understanding of this challenging play.

About the Author

Andrew James Hartley is Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at UNC Charlotte, USA and is the author of The Shakespearean Dramaturg, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare and Political Theatre and the editor of Shakespeare on the University Stage as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. From 2003 to 2013, he was the general editor of Shakespeare Bulletin.